Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. In 2014, he assumed a Governor’s Chair for Biorefining based in University of Tennessee’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and serves in the US Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL. He is the recipient of the 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award and the ACS Affordable Green Chemistry award and his students have won several awards, including the ACS graduate research award.
Arthur Ragauskas research is important to uncovering ways to convert biomass to biofuels, biopower, and biomaterials. Specifically, his work focuses on converting plant matter such as lignocellulose, found in the cell walls of energy crops, into biofuels. He also works to uncover applications of bio-based chemicals and materials for use in areas ranging from health care to packing material.
Andrés Moreno Moreno (Ciudad Real. Spain, 1962) began their academic and research career in 1987 in the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) getting his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry at the end of 1990. Subsequently, he carried out postdoctoral placements at the University of Oxford (80 weeks 1991-1992, and 4 weeks in 1993) and in the University Paris-Sud (4 weeks in 1994). Since 1995, he is Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical Sciences. He taught subjects of the area of Organic Chemistry from the year 1987 in different degrees of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences (current name: Faculty of Chemical Sciences and Technologies): chemistry, chemical engineering and science & food technology. In addition, during this time he has spent several stays as visitant professor at the University of Oxford (13 weeks in the 2000 and 5 weeks in 2004), also a short stays at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence from University of York (2014), and in the University of Rome I “La Sapienza” (2016). In April 2015, Spanish Educational Government accredited him as Full Professor in Organic Chemistry.
The lines of research in which he has participated are: - Organic Reactions by Phase Transfer Catalysis. Anionic Activation. - Structural Determination through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). - Application of Microwave Radiation in organic synthesis. - Cycloaddition Reactions under Microwave Irradiation. - Application of Solid Supports and not pollutants oxidizers in reactions catalysed by acids. - Chemistry of Food. Structural Identification of its components by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). - Synthesis and Characterization of Biofuel precursors from Agricultural Wastes.He has been an active member in his research group working in 27 research projects (12 national and 8 regional) and in 9 projects of scientific infrastructure. Moreover, he has been Principal Researcher of 1 regional project and in 4 infrastructure projects. During this time, he has published more than 75 scientific papers. He has supervised 5 doctoral thesis (PhD), 5 diplomas of advanced studies, 1 master in chemical experimentation, 2 master in sustainable chemistry, 25 research projects with students of last year of their degrees, 8 end-of-degree projects (in chemistry, science and food technology) and 3 work of initiation to research of graduates who were awarded scholarships by the UCLM. Finally, he has participated in more than 65 national and international conferences (16 of them as oral presentations).
Paul O’ Connor was born in Curaçao, The Netherlands Antilles. He graduated at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Chemical Engineering in 1977 with a M.Sc. Thesis on Fluidization of powders with Prof. Kees Rietema. In 2006 he formed his first start-up: BIOeCON, which focused on the economical conversion of biomass to renewable fuels and energy. BIOeCON working with an international network of creative scientists has developed several breakthrough concepts laid down in patent applications. Part of this IP has been acquired by Khosla Ventures in the 2007 start-up KiOR, now INEARIS technologies. In 2009 BIOeCON and PETROBRAS formed a partnership to develop technology based on ZnCl2 molten salts, for the selective conversion of agricultural wastes into oxygen containing fuel additives. This partnership has recently been discontinued. BIOeCON however has retained the technology and IP and has further developed the process towards a very selective biomass fractionation process producing 2nd generation sustainable biofuels, high value chemicals and specialty materials based on cellulose and lignin. In 2010 Paul launched a second start-up called ANTECY with as goal to convert renewable (solar, wind, hydro etc.) energy directly into high-density liquid fuels or chemicals. ANTECY has filed several patents in the area of the capturing and conversion of CO2 based on a low cost and environmentally friendly non-amine CO2 sorbent and is now forming partnerships to demonstrate and commercialize this technology.
Paul has been active in heavy oil conversion processes at Shell in design, process, and refinery operations and at Akzo Nobel in marketing and research management of refining catalysts. He championed several breakthrough innovations in the application, testing, manufacturing and commercialization of Fluid Catalytic Cracking Catalysts, leading multi functional and cultural teams including joint venture partners FCC SA and PETROBRAS. After the acquisition of Akzo Nobel Catalysts by Albemarle, Paul led the long-term development strategy for the Refining Catalysts group and focused on the business development for new catalytic applications. Paul is an author and co-author of several publications on heavy oil conversion and biomass processes. He holds a significant number of patents in the area of catalysis, catalytic processing, biomass conversion, solar conversion and the synthesis and application of advanced materials.
Makridis Sofoklis is now an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, Greece in Greece. He was till 2013, a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, Sports and Sciences at Bolton University and associated member in IMRI & IREET Institutes. He is a physicist while he received the MEng in 2002 and the PhD in 2004 in fields of Materials Science and Engineering (Magnetic Materials). His Postdoc research has been accomplished on Materials for Hydrogen Storage by having a fellowship from the State Scholarships Foundation.
Makridis Sofoklis had given lectures more than ten hours per week by covering physics, materials science and technology, hydrogen technologies, energy and innovation. He serves as Editor-in-Chief at Challenges (MDPI) and at Verizona Publishing LtD, London. He is involved in the Editorial Board of Materials (MDPI), Open Chemistry (DeGruyterOpen), of the Journal of the Scientific Reports of the Nature Publishing Group, all covered by ISI Web of Science. He is a Member of the IEEE Magnetics Society and Materials Research Society. Sofoklis has collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California regarding Hydrogen storage and CO2 capture. He has more than 65 publications in international journals, international conference proceedings and book chapters. He has been involved in at least 12 EU/USA funded research programs, in many of which as a principal investigator or a leader. He has more than 10 invited lectures in Research Centres and Universities and 5 invited lectures in conferences overseas in the last 5 years. He chaired more than 5 international Conferences. His curriculum vitae has been cited in Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2010) and selected as one of the leading achievers from around the globe. Since 2011 he is in the Management Committee of three EU Cost actions. He is an expert collaborative partner in Energy-Publishing sector with consultancy in Third Bridge, Uk.
Roger Pettman completed his PhD under Sir Fraser Stoddart’s guidance at Sheffield and was a NATO scholar at Stanford University.
Roger Pettman following a 10yr career with Shell, he joined Speracor Inc in Boston and spun out ChiRex as an independent company which went public on Nasadaq for $147m before being bought by Rhodia for $540m. During that time, he licensed and commercialized technology from Harvard, MIT and Stanford. In 2005, he founded Revolymer based on technology from Bristol University and raised $75m taking his Company public on the AIM market in London. In 2013, he formed Cycladex with Sir Fraser.
Jakob Albert is currently Assistant Professor (Habilitand) and Head of the Research Group “Biomass and Sustainable Production of Platform Chemicals” at FAU’s Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRT). He holds a Diploma (2011) and a PhD degree (2014) from the FAU in Chemical Engineering.
Jakob’s key activities are in the research fields of biomass valorization, sustainable platform chemicals, polyoxometalate catalysts, and multiphase reaction systems. He is an inventor on 19 inventions disclosures and patents, and has received numerous scientific awards e.g. the Promotionspreis of the Technical Faculty of the FAU in 2014, a Max-Buchner-Scholarship in 2015, an EAM Starting Grant 2015, an Innovation MINT-Award 2016 and the Science sets Sail Award of the Excellence Cluster “Engineering of Advanced Materials” in 2017.